It is obvious that such promiscuity is not solely attached to a scientific life. These days our lives are nothing but not knowing at all what is going to happen and just expect that somehow governments will ensure our dignity by reinforcing investment in our areas of speciality. That does not happen currently at all, and the crisis we did not create is here for us to pay. That's when a job represents even more than it used to; it is not only what you do but if what you do will ever compensate you in the future, because you might not remember but our time is our best investment. Investing properly in a profession that can guarantee an income is extremely important, and for that proceeding on studying for a PhD wouldn't help me in any way.
Recently, a friend of mine who's name I prefer to keep it undisclosed, gave a lot of thinking to this very same reasoning and after rationalising decided to quit her PhD. She is, and I must underline it as much as possible, a fierce intelligence and an awesome character that I have never seen giving up anything and offering less than her very best whenever asked from her. I can hardly imagine the emotional roller-coaster one goes through in order to consider quitting an ongoing PhD and place your idiosyncratic ideals at stake for you are immediately and utterly exposed to a range of criticism which source is never why we are doing such but how we are not to quit somebody else's achievement plans. No one gives a flying *uck about middle-class these days. No one gives a damn about personal integration, difficulties dealing with emotional challenges that ultimately are expected to stay home whenever you go to work, no one gives a crap about your future because what is in their uttermost interest is their own. The decision my friend took represented an enormous blow on her own self-esteem. I can only use her example for the sake of it, but there are countless examples of people in distress because suddenly their research options proved to be a laughable investment of time that will eventually narrow your employability and shrink it to the point where you represent a mass of ideas with no chance of real positive outcome... because such life is unstable, an emotional challenging operation, for in order to work you'll need to travel abroad and join the most ridiculous short-term projects with no real support. Then you just watch someone gunned with A-levels and GCSEs making their way through because companies do not want to pay postgraduate salaries any longer, and there is a huge gap on technical knowledge in the present times.
A PhD can be the reaching of your personal goals, but it can also work as a shot on your foot for you are very likely to jeopardise your employability by narrowing your skills, your pay range and your actual knowledge. She is now trying to find herself in a Mad World, where globalisation brought good and bad things, and amongst the bad we can count, for example, the fact that we no longer have governments - we have companies; we no longer have employment policies - we have optimisation and cuts; we no longer have social security and insurance - we have ridiculous benefit packages that promote laziness amongst the poorest and disrupt the middle-class in a nuclear blow of inhumane policies. I am not even asking where the money is, I prefer asking where is the common sense?
Because She is not the only one going through a disruptive phase whilst considering starting from scratch as we all do when we are 18, not 30; I decided to ease her pains by showing that there is thousands if not millions of idiots like us who actually put their professional life at stake when we believe that a postgraduate certificate would represent a better future, a better pay slip, more dignity, more security... BOLLOCKS! here are some testimonies of people who feel just like us, fooled and wronged for the sake of Politics.